Plans progress for county government, EMS buildings

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By Amber Coulter

Plans for the new county government building and another EMS ambulance station are progressing.

The new office complex is entering the phase when planners write construction documents, said Michael Childers of ICON Engineering & Inspection Services.

That phase of work lays out the final details of the project, such as building materials, so final costs can be determined. The estimated price tag, based on $200 per square foot for new construction, has been projected as $12 million.

Once that is done, planners must issue a request for a proposal for a construction manager. That likely will happen within the next couple weeks, Childers said during his update presented Tuesday at the Hardin Fiscal Court meeting.

After that, planners must complete construction documents while evaluating costs with the construction manager, issue bid packages and award a contract. Then, construction on the 60,000-square-foot facility can begin.

So far, a schematic, a design, a planning study and a geotechnical survey have been done for the building and its 8.63-acre site near the corner of Patriot Way and Ring Road in Elizabethtown.

The design calls for the ground floor to house the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department and the E-911 Dispatch Center and the first floor to have the sheriff’s department finance division and tax collection plus the Hardin County Clerk’s office. The second floor would house the Property Valuation Administration, the Engineering Department, the Planning and Development Department and the solid waste department.

The judge-executive’s office, courtroom and finance department would be on the upper floor.

Bid packages for the Emergency Medical Services building on Hodgenville Road were issued Monday and bids are due back July 10, Childers said. The challenge was to make it blend its design with the neighboring Dow Corning building, he said.

Magistrates also approved a step-in-grade salary increase and a 1 percent cost-of-living adjustment increase for county employees. Magistrates Roy Easter and Doug Goodman voted against the measure.

Last month, Fiscal Court promoted the deputy directors of Hardin County EMS and E-911 to the position of director, modifying the job descriptions and pay grades. The change was made with the impending retirement of David Underwood.

Easter said he doesn’t oppose increases from the promotions. He said he was out of town when the proposal was created and doesn’t like the process by which it was drafted.

Goodman said he also doesn’t oppose the increases, except that they don’t accompany any changes in workload of responsibilities.

The next Fiscal Court meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. July 9.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.